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Augmented reality question

Just got an email regarding augmented reality. I have Skysafari Pro loaded on my ipad, went to the app store couldn't find AR. How do I add AR to my Skysafari Pro. Also, how do I share my Skysafari Pro with my iPhone (I have it downloaded on my ipad)

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    Steenkh

    You do not specifically find AR in the app store, it is simply the newest version of SkySafari 6 Pro. If you have automatic updates switched on, chances are that you already have the new version on your iPad.

    You get SF6 on your iPhone by going to the app store on your iPhone and search for SkySafari 6 Pro. It should not state any price, because you have already bought it.

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    Pedro Braganca

    I will also add that you need to have iOS 10 or higher in order for AR to work with your device (this rules out the iPhone 4 and first gen iPad mini). 

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    Joseph Luciani

    Thank you, I now have AR on my iPad. Unfortunately, I find the instructions vague (are there detailed instructions available anywhere?) and would ask if you could clarify the following:

    1. According to the instructions: "During daylight hours, point...to an area of clear blue sky."  And, I'm assuming from the instructions, that while holding and pointing toward the clear blue sky, a star chart will simply appear (is that correct?) Then what???  Once the star chart appears, do I turn off the app assuming the horizon is "captured?"

    1. At night, when I observe, does the AR have to be engaged to see the AR horizon? What's the procedure to use AR when beginning to observe?

    3. I don't understand whether or not this is for a one-time capture facing, for example, my northern horizon. What if I want 360 degrees in order to capture my entire horizon's trees, buildings, etc.? Do you keep moving the camera to capture different horizon views? Or is 360 degrees not possible?

    4. Is the camera taking a snapshot or a video? Very confused on this point.

    4. Is AR good for only one location? If I want to use two observing sites, I'm not sure if AR will only record one of the site's horizon. And, again, not not even sure if it will record 360 degrees. 

    Hopefully a more detailed set of instructions can be assembled, until then I really do appreciate your help. I think this is a fantastic upgrade!!!

     

    Thank you,

    Joe

     

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    Pedro Braganca

    Hi Joseph, I think the instructions are sufficient (it really is an easy to use feature) but I'll clarify some of the points you mention and will edit the help file where needed.  

    1) You first need to activate the AR feature.  To do this, you first toggle on compass mode.  To toggle compass mode you tap the compass icon in the toolbar. Once the compass is active (you can tell because as you move your device around, the sky chart moves) a small AR icon appears above the toolbar.  Tap the AR icon to activate AR mode.  When active, AR mode uses your devices camera to capture live video of your surroundings.  The video is not stored or recorded, it's simply used to blend the simulated sky chart for your location with a live video view of your real surroundings.  

    2) Yes, AR needs to be on in order to capture a live video view of your horizon.  See above for toggling AR mode on.

    3) Your devices camera is capturing a live video - nothing is stored or recorded.  This way you are seeing your horizon as it is right now.

    4) It's live video being captured by your devices camera.

    5) You can use AR from any location on Earth.  Again, each time you toggle on AR, it shows you a live video feed of what your devices camera is showing right now.  Nothing is recorded or stored on your device for later.

    Hope this helps! :)

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    Joseph Luciani

    Thank you Pedro for your response, it is most helpful.  One further question, once the AR is activated and I pan around my environment, then what? How so I get out of camera/AR mode (what's the procedure) and begin using the telescope?

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    Pedro Braganca

    Tap the AR icon at the bottom (it will have a diagonal line through it, see screenshot) to toggle the feature off.  You then have access to the toolbar again where you can tap the Scope icon to begin using your telescope.

     

     

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    Joseph Luciani

    You've been very helpful. Thank you so much can't wait for the sky to clear to give this a try.

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    Joseph Luciani

    Oops! I know I'm beating the 'dead' horse here, however, I'm not clear about one more issue. From what I understand you have to first make the video of the surrounding horizon during the day. So, let's say I go out this afternoon and do that. When I go to observe tonight, click compass and then AR, will the video I made during the day just be there? I think that's how it works, can you confirm?

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    Pedro Braganca

    No,the app will not record or store your surroundings for use at a later time.  When AR is turned on, it always captures your current surroundings at the time you are using the device. If you use AR mode at night it will capture your real surroundings (horizon, sky, lights etc)  as they are at that moment.

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    Joseph Luciani

    Okay, makes sense, but why do the instructions say to point at a blue sky, i.e., "During daylight hours, point...to an area of clear blue sky." This makes absolutely no sense after what you just wrote. Am I still missing something? You've been patient, thank you.

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    Pedro Braganca

    After AR mode is on, "During daylight hours, point...to an area of clear blue sky." means that we try to only draw simulated stars in the sky portion of the video captured by your devices camera - it could be a blue sky during daylight or a dark sky at night - we say point to it because that is where the simulated stars will appear - we avoid drawing stars on top of objects in your real horizon (trees, houses, etc).  I really think that once you try it a couple of times - it will be clear how it works.

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